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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS5133M Short Dissertation

30 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Clive McClelland

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 May, 1 May to 30 Sep, Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Place on a taught postgraduate programme in Music; first degree in music or appropriate professional experience; demonstrable knowledge of music, and understanding of appropriate terminology.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to investigate a musical subject of your choice (subject to the approval of the module leader), and to present your findings in an extended essay of 6,000-8,000 words. Your Dissertation supervisor will help you to define the scope and topic of your Dissertation, but it should be one which enables you to demonstrate a range of skills, including assimilating scholarly literature, expressing concepts and hypotheses in a critical fashion, and working confidently as an independent learner.


This module aims to:
- Provide students with an opportunity to develop their abilities to use and distinguish between primary and secondary sources of information in order to identify areas warranting further research.
- Provide students with an opportunity to develop and refine their abilities to use appropriate research techniques.
- Provide students with an opportunity to conduct an independent study under supervision.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
LO1: devise, plan, execute and report on an extended research project in music, the focus having been defined in negotiation with an approved supervisor;
LO2: identify and make effective use of appropriate methodologies, theoretical frameworks, and source materials;
LO3: construct a coherent extended argument, supported with appropriate evidence, displaying a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of that subject;
LO4: display an understanding of the relationship between enquiry, evidence and interpretation appropriate to their programme of study;
LO5: demonstrate a degree of intellectual confidence and independence of thought, and a more questioning approach to their area of study;
LO6: present their work to a high standard, in clear English and with a good standard of presentation.


Supported by tutorials with an approved supervisor, students will undertake a highly focused and detailed investigation that is appropriate to their programme of study, and present their findings in the form of an extended essay. The content of the dissertation will be developed in consultation with the supervisor.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours297.00
Total Contact hours3.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

297 hours - Private study to include:
• Preparation for supervision tutorials
• Reading relevant and related literature
• Researching and developing appropriate theoretical frameworks and methodologies
• Completion of interim submissions
• Time spent going through feedback from supervisions and interim submissions to support research and writing
• Independent research
• Writing draft material and preparing the final submission

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Proposal, Interim Report, feedback on draft chapter

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation6,000-8,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:43:07


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